Landing Net

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Project by sapwood posted 01-14-2019 08:08 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been so inspired to build one of these after seeing the absolutely gorgeous work posted to this site by Sierra Nets(Greg Madrigal). He posted numerous photos and videos of his process, but I now truly appreciate him as an artist. Thanks for the posts!
For my net, I laminated Bocote, Maple, and Bloodwood strips (after steam bending) around a jig that I made from MDF. Handle is African Blackwood with Banksia Pod. I filled the voids in the Banksia pod with various materials that I crushed, including Turquoise, copper filings, red stone, coffee grounds. Finished with many coats of mixture of 100% tung oil/mineral spirits then blended Spar Varnish/Tung oil/mineral spirits. Finish was a real pain over the very oily blackwood and bocote. I thought it would never dry and I ended up sanding and reapplying many, many coats. Once it finally cured, I wet sanded 1200, 1500, 2000. Then auto rubbing compound, and plastic polish followed with wax.
Now I have to make a lanyard and attach a magnetic clasp to the top for attachment to my fly fishing vest. After this much work, I expect to be able to just hold the net out and the trout will jump in of free will!

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 09:08 PM

That is a fine net. Nice work sapwood.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 09:10 PM

Great job you did on the net. I’m ready to make one of these also with the inspiration from the work on LJ’s.

I expect to be able to just hold the net out and the trout will jump in of free will! LOL. So true. Sounds like something I would say too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 09:54 PM

Looks real pretty but no worry about free fish as there doesn’t actually appear to be a net?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 01-15-2019 12:07 AM

yeah there have been a few nets that i would call works of art posted here and ill say yours deserves to be included with the best,a beautiful net,or frame at least-lol.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-15-2019 12:53 AM

Beautiful net, super workmanship and finish.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 01-15-2019 08:00 PM

Very nice, I really like the details.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 01-15-2019 11:05 PM

I have seen a few of the handles made of seed pods. Did you buy urs online? Great build btw

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#8 posted 01-15-2019 11:20 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. (I’ve now attached the net and lanyard) . Luckily, I live near West-Penn Hardwoods (although they do sell on line) where I picked up the Banksia pods and other exotic lumber. I’m like a kid in a candy shop in that place where you can wander their huge warehouse, but you can easily blow a fortune! (No, I’m not associated with them)
Now for the 20” brown trout!

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